Monday, April 23, 2012

1981 Donruss #33 Steve Carlton

One Day Catch-Up, Part 2 of 6

Giants 1, Phillies 0 (11 Innings)
Game 12 - Late Wednesday Night, April 18th in San Francisco
Record - 5-7, 5th Place, 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Cliff Lee pitched a masterpiece, but the offense was completely absent in this extra-inning, deflating loss to the Giants.

What It Means:  I really wish I had been awake to see (or listen) to this game.  Although the outcome would have put me in a foul mood for our first full day at the Magic Kingdom on Thursday.

What Went Wrong:  Lee pitched 10 scoreless innings and struck out seven in his no-decision.  In the 11th, Antonio Bastardo allowed a single to Brandon Belt.  Belt went to second on a Ty Wigginton error and came around to score on Melky Cabrera's game-winning single.

The offense managed four hits.  They had a great chance to score in the 11th when Carlos Ruiz led off the inning with a double.  But after Freddy Galvis sacrificed Ruiz to third, Jim Thome struck out swinging and John Mayberry, Jr. grounded out weakly to short.

Featured Card:  Man, I would have loved to have featured a Lee card in this post, but I traditionally don't feature an active Phillies' card following a loss.  Lee became the first Phillies pitcher to pitch 10 shutout innings since Steve Carlton did it against the Expos back on September 21, 1981.

Adding insult to injury, Lee was added to the disabled list a few days following this start with a strained oblique muscle.

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